KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police detained seven people, including three Indonesians, in Terengganu, Selangor, Perak and Johor from July 12 to last Tuesday for suspected involvement with terrorist groups.
Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the first arrest in Terengganu last Thursday involved a 26-year-old Indonesian businessman who had professed allegiance to the top leader of the Indonesian Islamic State (NII) in Bandung, Indonesia.
He said the suspect had undergone a series of NII military training in the neighbouring countries from 2015 to 2018.
“His Malaysian wife had also taken the oath of allegiance. The couple had planned to go to Syria along with their children to join the Daesh (militant group),” he said in a statement here today.
Fuzi said another Indonesian, aged 27, who admitted to being involved with the Islamic State terrorist group as well as having saved 100 videos and 90 pictures of Daesh activities on his mobile phone, was picked up in Petaling Jaya on the same day.
“The man had been promoting Daesh-related activities by uploading pictures and videos of the militant group on Facebook,” he said.
According to Fuzi, the third Indonesian suspect, a 42-year-old factory worker, was arrested in Ipoh last Saturday.
The man had confessed to having contacts with a Jamaat Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group member, who was allegedly involved in the killing of a police officer at the Brimob Headquarters in West Java on May 10, he said.
Fuzi said police had also detained a local man and woman, both aged 24, in Johor last Monday.
“The unemployed female suspect has channelled RM4,000 to Muhammad Nasrullah Latif, a Daesh group member killed in Syria in March,” he said.
The male suspect, Mohamad Fuzi said, had allegedly uploaded threatening posts on Facebook to launch bomb attacks in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
He was also frequently in touch with Daesh member Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, who was said to have been killed in Syria.
The sixth arrest, in Skudai, Johor, last Tuesday, involved a 34-year-old unemployed man, who had allegedly threatened to kill the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, prime minister and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, on Facebook.
Fuzi said the suspect believed that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the leaders were not governing the country based on Islamic teachings.
He also said police detained the seventh suspect, a 21-year-old male factory worker, who admitted to supporting Daesh and planning to go to Syria, in Masai, Johor, the same day.
Elaborating on the arrests at a press conference in Subang Jaya near here today, Fuzi said police were investigating the latest trend of terrorist groups using women for suicide attacks in the country.